MOE guidelines on planning activities for students spark debate among academics

Some welcome guide on planning activities for students, others warn of self-censorship

Education Minister Ong Ye Kung, in setting out in Parliament his ministry's position on the cancellation of a module on dissent at Yale-NUS College (above) by local poet Alfian Sa'at, laid out a framework on what educational institutions should or sh
Education Minister Ong Ye Kung, in setting out in Parliament his ministry's position on the cancellation of a module on dissent at Yale-NUS College (above) by local poet Alfian Sa'at, laid out a framework on what educational institutions should or should not do when planning activities for their students.ST PHOTO: JASON QUAH

A speech by Education Minister Ong Ye Kung to set a framework on what educational institutions should or should not do when planning activities for their students has sparked a debate among academics and leaders at these institutions on how best to put this into practice.

Mr Ong said in Parliament earlier this month that among other things, educational institutions "should not work with speakers and instructors who have been convicted of public order-related offences, or who are working with political advocacy groups funded by foreigners, or who openly show disloyalty to Singapore".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 21, 2019, with the headline 'MOE guidelines spark debate among academics'. Print Edition | Subscribe